Dominating the city of London: this is a feeling that everyone certainly wants to experience one day. For many of us, the discovery of a destination necessarily passes by an inescapable stage: the moment when we go to seek a superb point of view, the ideal spot to appreciate the city as a whole. Here are 3 places to enjoy great views of the city. Be careful, if the London fog starts to show its nose, it is better to postpone your visit. The famous "fog" can quickly get very thick and completely spoil your experience.
A classic! This huge wheel on the banks of the Thames was installed in 2000 to celebrate the transition to the new millennium. It was to remain in place only a few years but its success quickly propelled it to the rank of the most important tourist attractions of the city. It is difficult to realize it on the photos but the glass capsules are really very big, one holds 20 people easily. The tour lasts about 30 minutes, which leaves plenty of time to admire the breathtaking panorama of the city. You will enjoy one of the best views of Big Ben and Westminster Palace.
The London Eye
The view from the London Eye capsule
Small downside: this view has a price, and not negligible. You have to pay £20 (about 23 €) to enjoy it. If you only wish to make one paid point of view during your stay, it is perhaps preferable to privilege the following idea.
This 310 meter high skyscraper is the tallest building in Western Europe! It houses offices and accommodation, but - fortunately for tourists - 2 floors are reserved for visits: the 69th floor with a 360° view in the open air and the 72nd floor. You will have here a superb panorama on the London Eye, Tower Bridge, Saint-Paul's Cathedral... And if you are not sure what you are observing, the interactive telescopes tell you everything. The price is £30 (about €35), but you can stay in the building as long as you like (the good idea: go up at the end of the day and watch the sunset). The most beautiful view of London is well worth this price! And if you really want to treat yourself, The Shard offers an "Ascension with champagne" package to make the visit even more magical: www.theviewfromtheshard.com.
The building « The Shard »
The view from the 72nd floor of the Shard
The London Museum of Modern Art on the Southbank allows you, from its top floor, to observe a very nice panorama of the city, and without paying a cent. The terrace goes all around the building: the 360° view is yours! In cold weather, you can also enjoy this warm view behind the bay windows of the museum's restaurant-bar. Take the time to admire Saint Paul's Cathedral, the Millenium Bridge, Tower Bridge... An unusual detail: when you are on the panoramic terrace, one of the corners of the museum is very close to 2 buildings that house luxury apartments with glass façades. Since the opening of the terrace of the Tate Modern, the inhabitants of these buildings complain of being spied on! The museum has posted signs asking you to "respect the privacy of neighbours"... so you 'll avoid staying in that particular place :)
The Tate Modern
The view from the Tate Modern
This list includes 3 magical places but is far from being exhaustive, the city of London hides many more!